Here is a great article I found today on Slate about GMOs and science. It highlights the distortions by the anti-GMO crowd and the campaign against any genetically modified crops. Fake, trumped up science is used to convince people that this stuff is going to hurt you. On the flip side there is absolutely no actual scientific data that supports that claim. So is anti-GMO also anti-science?
Here is an excerpt:
“I’ve found that fears are stoked by prominent environmental groups, supposed food-safety watchdogs, and influential food columnists; that dodgy science is laundered by well-respected scholars and propaganda is treated credulously by legendary journalists; and that progressive media outlets, which often decry the scurrilous rhetoric that warps the climate debate, serve up a comparable agitprop when it comes to GMOs.
In short, I’ve learned that the emotionally charged, politicized discourse on GMOs is mired in the kind of fever swamps that have polluted climate science beyond recognition.
The latest audacious example of scientific distortion came last week, in the form of a controversial (but peer reviewed!) study that generated worldwide headlines. A French research team purportedly found that GMO corn fed to rats caused them to develop giant tumors and die prematurely.”
You can also read my take on the French GMO study here.